I have some info from Mauro, and some thoughts of my own about the lead times we're all dealing with currently.
First, from Mauro:
EVERY item will be made and shipped before Christmas.
The beanies will deliver in a couple weeks and then a few weeks later the basket weave.
This month all the tees will be shipped. Next month all the wool and wool blends will be shipped. In December, the heavy weight tees will be delivered.
Also this month the chinos will be shipped. I am praying the sweat pants will be finished. I have had a hard time getting the right factory.
You need to understand. I am in America. Despite what people on SF think, I have not moved to Italy. Because, I am not in Italy the Italians will say anything to get work. They know I am in America and will postpone or bump when and not even tell me.
It's a very complex situation. The sewing and price are just to good to pass up. So, I suck it up and wait.
The ball was dropped with the Italians that's for sure. I have ALMOST got everything smoothed out. Once everything gets smoothed out, I can get deliveries every 6 weeks. Even Epaulet, and Gustin suffer long delays and they crush me in terms of quantity.
People also need to understand two things and these are important.
1. I have never screwed anyone over or not delivered. If for some reason someones product wasn't made they were refunded.
2. I am mega small. If people don't pre-order stuff won't be made, period. If nothing gets made two things will happen. One,I go out of business(I work on incredibly tight margins as you can see). 2 I would have to put stuff on sale to recoup my losses at a loss, then at some point will go out of business.
I am 100% guilty of significant delays. This is crippling to me. I dread making the call to hear I was bumped, again.
I make 20 to 30 shirts per fabric. The factory's I use make, Gucci, Lanvin, Tom Ford, Berluti, etc... I mean literally make these brands. This is a blessing and a curse.
The blessing is the quality that can be delivered. The curse is when Prada or Gucci have a 30,000 shirt order I am getting bumped. When I get 5 customers or a quarter of orders not submitted in time, I get bumped. Ultimately, it's my fault and I do accept the blame and frustration.
At this stage in the game, I am asking for a little extra support so that the brand can grow and we can alleviate the production problems. You know first hand, I am a one man show. I have a shit load on my plate.
I am doing my best to make sure everyone gets more than they deserve. Right now, the wait sucks. I am really sorry. I am working as hard as possible to get everything delivered and it will be delivered.
So, there's a lot there, but to me, the main points are:
1) It's been a long road, but Mauro believes he has sorted out some firmer delivery dates for a the pre-order items that have been outstanding for awhile. I have a bunch of stuff in queue, and have been talking with him over the months from time to time, and he has never felt comfortable giving me a firm "this WILL be done by this date" before. So, it seems like he's had to deal with a lot of being pushed aside by the larger orders at the Italian factories, but he believes he has a reliable position in the queue for these items now.
2) Delays are no fun, but they're kind of part of the deal here. I go to WvG because I have found that Mauro offers the best quality product at a price that really can't be beat. We all know Mauro is a one-man show, and his order quantities are super small, so when he's dealing with top-notch fabricators they can have their enormous customers exert pressure on them to deliver other orders first. I'm not interested in paying retail for Tom Ford and Lanvin, but if I can get clothing made with amazing fabrics in those same factories, it's worth it for me, personally, to just deal with wait times. I'm not worried about products never being delivered, and I know that if something really went wrong and Mauro couldn't get something made, he would definitely be refunding the orders.
I'm waiting a bunch of stuff currently: a pair of chinos, a pair of sweatpants, 4 MTM shirts, a few of the summer weight tees, 3-4 bamboo tees, and a bunch of the new wool tees. I say that to illustrate the fact that I'm definitely impacted by the wait times, and of course I'd rather not have to wait for any of it, but I don't believe it's possible to buy anything like these items off-the-shelf for anywhere near the prices at which Mauro offers them. That's been my experience, at least. So, while I won't be able to wear the summer-weight shirts I bought this summer, I am expecting a summer of 2017, and I'll have some great stuff ready for it.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to getting some dope shit in the mail over the next few months.